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Input quality matters: some comments on input type and age-effects in adult SLA.

Rothman, J. and Guijarro-Fuentes, P. (2010) Input quality matters: some comments on input type and age-effects in adult SLA. Applied Linguistics, 31 (2). pp. 301-306. ISSN 1477-450X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1093/applin/amq004

Abstract/Summary

In accord with the general program of researching factors relating to ultimate attainment and maturational constraints in adult language acquisition, this commentary highlights the importance of input differences in amount, type, and setting between naturalistic and classroom learners of an L2. It is suggested that these variables are often confounded with age factors. Herein, we wish to call attention to the possible deterministic role that the differences in the grammatical quality of classroom input have on development and on competence outcomes. Framing what we see as greater formal complexity of the learning task for classroom learners, we suggest that one might benefit from focusing less on difference and more on how classroom L2 learners, at least some of them, come to acquire all that they do despite crucial qualitative differences in their input.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Language and Cognition
ID Code:33067
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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